MEDIA, PA (Feb. 15, 2019) - Penn State Brandywine appeared primed to deal Penn State Lehigh Valley its first conference loss of the season, but Lehigh Valley erased a 12-point halftime deficit and held on to defeat Brandywine 68-63 on Senior Night Friday evening.
The teams swapped baskets for the first eight minutes of the contest before Lehigh Valley grabbed a four-point edge; however, Brandywine netted the final eight points of the opening quarter, leading 20-16 going into the 2nd quarter.
Brandywine's scoring run continued into the second quarter as Brandywine knocked down triples and a layup, completing a 16-0 surge that had Brandywine in front 28-16.
Lehigh Valley closed within four at 30-26 with 3:20 to go in the half, but Brandywine held the visitors without a point until intermission, scoring eight-straight points to lead 38-26 at the break.
With Brandywine still maintaining a 12-point cushion midway through the third quarter, Lehigh Valley began its comeback, using a 13-2 run to get within 46-45 after three quarters.
The visitors' 10-0 run to start the final stanza built Lehigh Valley a 55-46 lead with 7:01 to go.
The Lions rallied to get back in the game as Brandywine sank six free throws and adding a lay in to bring the count to 61-58 at the 1:29 mark. After Lehigh Valley sank two shots from the charity stripe, Brandywine's jumper again got Brandywine to within three.
Forced to put Lehigh Valley on the line, the visitors knocked down two free throws with 11 seconds to go, and after Brandywine canned a jumper, iced the game with two more shots from the foul line with two seconds remaining.
Freshman Kion Andrews led Lehigh Valley with 22 points and two more freshman, Jah'nel Oliver and Ally Quinn added 15 points each.
Lehigh Valley completed its regular season play 21-2 overall and a perfect 17-0 in conference play. Lehigh Valley will be the #1 seed in the East and host the Quarterfinals & Semi-Finals at home. First opening up with #4 PSU Scranton on Tuesday, Feb. 19th at 7 PM at Cedar Crest College, with a win Lehigh Valley will play again on Friday, February 22nd at 7 PM at Cedar Crest College. The winners of the semi-final games will play for the 2019 PSUAC Women's Basketball Championship at the Bryce Jordan Center, University Park on Sunday, February 24th at 1:30 PM.
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